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  1. A Better Method To Protect and Prepare For Catastrophes Contrary to popular belief, the epicenter of the greatest earthquake to ever strike the continental U.S. was not in California, but in the state of Missouri. It was so powerful that it altered the course of the Mississippi River. Twenty states, including Hawaii and every state that borders the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, deal with the risk of hurricanes every year. As the population of the United States has swelled, so has the threat of Americans dealing with natural disasters, whether it's a twister, earthquake, typhoon or flood. Natural disasters wreak havoc on home values in areas susceptible to natural catastrophes, and a lot of those property owners have their net worth tied up in their homes. This puts their biggest monetary possession at risk. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita exposed that America is not as prepared for natural disasters as it ought to be. While we can't stop them from occurring, we can do a better job preparing and securing Americans from their consequences. National coalitions such as ProtectingAmerica.org, comprised of emergency situation management officials, initial responders, catastrophe relief specialists, and others, are promoting ideas that would assist and prepare Americans to handle the repercussions of natural catastrophes before they occur. One solution is the creation of privately funded, federal government-sponsored disaster funds. These funds would collect cash in advance of catastrophes, and would be funded by a part of the insurance coverage premiums collected by personal insurance providers. At the federal level, there might be a catastrophe fund that covers losses that cannot be covered by one state. Besides disaster funds, other options could include reinforcing very first responders, improving building codes, and practical land usage policies. While a much better solution is still in the works, there are some things you can do now to prepare for catastrophes: 1) Become knowledgeable about your community's disaster preparedness plan and establish a plan for your household. 2) Prepare an emergency situation supply cache consisting of a three-day supply of bottled water, nonperishable food, a manual can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, first-aid kit, flashlight and battery-operated radio with additional batteries. 3) Organize files in waterproof containers. Include financial details, essential phone numbers, wills, insurance plan, immunization records and passports. 4) Prepare a inventory of your personal property and videotape your household contents. Arrgh, Survival Booty http://www.survivalnaturalist.com/
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    Edible Plants for Survival in the Wilderness

    Hey Elsie, Thanks for the comment. I found an article for you that may help with plant identification. http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Wild-Edible-Plants Hope it Helps! Arrgh, Survival Booty
  3. Thomas, Unfortunately, there are limited ways to prepare edible plants in the wilderness. Raw is another option in lieu of pan fry or boiled. Many nuts or seeds are easy to forage, and taste great. Chestnuts are great roasted. Many plants are edible, they provide necessary nutrients, but they lack flavor. Leaching is also an alternative, this is accomplished by crushing the food, usually acorns, using a strainer, immersing it in running water or pouring boiling over the acorns to extract the tannins. Tannic acids are bitter to taste, leaching reduces the tannins, making them palatable. White oaks have the least amount of tannins, hence providing the best flavor. Hope that helps... Arrgh, Survival Booty
  4. How to Make a Debris Hut Shelter for Survival in the Wilderness It's the middle of winter and you are forced to bug out, you grab your bag and put yourself into survival mode. You need shelter, the best option to make it through the night alive is a Debris Hut. It only takes an hour or two to setup. A debris hut is like a having sleeping bag, without the bag. If erected properly, this shelter can eliminate the need for a sleeping bag altogether! This will allow you to stay warm and dry in wintry rain or subfreezing conditions. When you are facing a survivalist circumstance, shelter is exceptionally vital. Given that the body is not designed to endure these the kinds of extreme conditions, it is important that you look for ways to protect yourself from the snow, sun, and rain. Extreme temperatures are harsh on the body, so the skill of erecting a debris hut is important in any survival emergency situation. To make a debris hut for shelter, begin with a fallen tree or pole that is about 1.5 to 2 times your height. Hold this main beam of the hut off the ground with a stump, forked tree, or rock. Take note of wind direction, put the door of your debris hut facing away from the predominant wind. This will protect you from any objectionable elements blowing directly into the shelter. Construct the framework (ribbing) for your debris hut by putting limbs; one inch to three inch in diameter against the main beam (ridge pole) of the shelter. This should be done at angles of about 45 degrees. Your debris hut should look similar to a low tent or triangle. It is helpful to lie under the main beam to make sure that there is a descent amount of clearance for your head and shoulders so you have the ability to move during the night. Using smaller sticks, twigs, leaves, fern, and pine needles provides protection from the elements. Place the debris all around the framework of the hut, layering the debris about 3 feet thick. This will yield excellent insulation and protection for your shelter. In winter climates, stacking snow on the outside debris can help too also add an extra layer of insulation to the shelter. Body temperature can quickly dissipate by laying directly on bare ground. Place debris on the floor of the shelter. Select debris that would be comfy for you to sleep on such as leaves, ferns, or dead plants. When you’re ready to hit the sack, gather as many leaves as needed into the shelter, surrounding yourself with them and plugging the opening of the hut effectively creating a cocoon. Be sure to adequately build your debris hut to grapple with the surrounding elements, it will insure adequate rest. Fatigue will lead to a bad attitude and outlook which directly affects your chances of survival. Keep additional debris near the opening of the shelter. This will enable you to drag it over, if needed, to reinforce the entrance. Tip: Use a t-shirt, fill with debris, then use it to close the opening. A debris hut shelter is a simple, yet effective way, to utilize the harsh wilderness surroundings. Understanding how to correctly erect a debris hut shelter can help you to survive in any given situation or environment. Arrgh, Survival Booty
  5. So, you find yourself lost in the wilderness during a weekend camping trip, your last energy bar is gone, civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. You need to find something to eat, and you need it pronto! What to do? Edible plants may be a terrific alternative for you to obtain nutrition, many plants can keep you alive, but which ones? In a survival emergency situation, You must be cautious when trying a new plant to eat, even if the plant is thought to be edible, it may invoke a severe allergic reaction for some people. This, of course makes proper identification absolutely critical. Clearly identify plants before you begin tasting them. If you are uncertain as to whether it is safe, do not consume any part of the plant. Avoid plants that are... * Three-leaved growth pattern* Grain heads with pink, purplish, or black spurs* “Almond” scent in the woody parts and leaves* Dill, carrot, parsnip, or parsley-like foliage* Bitter or soapy taste* Beans, bulbs, or seeds inside pods* Spines, fine hairs, or thorns* Discolored or milky sap* Mushrooms or other fungi - most are edible, but it's hard to tell the good from the bad Take a day hike, look for plants you recognize from your past research. Begin by discerning the edible parts of the plant. Roots, stems, leaves, buds, flowers, and seeds are all important parts of some plants. Understand that some portions of a plant may be edible while others are not. Out in the wilderness, you may not remember certain specifics about the types of plants that are around you. You can begin to learn more about the plants by studying them. How does the plant smell, for instance? Is there a negative reaction by touching the plant? Touch a piece of the plant on your wrist. Normally, if you do not experience a skin response within 15 minutes, you are most likely safe. Be aware that skin responses are possible after this time, however this is usually an excellent guideline. As soon as you decide which part of the plant is edible, prepare it in the way you mean to eat it. Do not just put it in your mouth and swallow. This can be extremely dangerous. Place the prepared plant on the exterior of your lip. If you have a response to the plant in 5 to 15 minutes, see if there is a reaction. If nothing happens, place a tiny bit on your tongue and hold it in your mouth for a brief moment prior to spitting it out. You might go ahead and chew it for a minute, but do not swallow it. Wait another 15 minutes or so to determine how your body responds to this plant. It might seem that this is a tiresome procedure, however preventing a fatal or serious response deserves the time and effort. By this time, you will have the ability to identify if you want to consume this plant. Due to the fact that one part of the plant is edible does not mean that all parts of the plant are safe, do not naturally presume that. Repeat this procedure for each part of the plant before determining if it is vital and edible to your survival. Keep in mind that people can survive for weeks without food. Edible plants might help to provide healthy nourishment in a survival circumstance, however do not eat a plant without testing it first. Getting the wrong plant can bring you plenty of trouble. Harmful plants can cause mild to severe responses. Some plants may be hallucinogenic or trigger a deadly reaction. Always take the time to experiment with each part of any new plant to be safe. You have to be cautious when attempting to eat a new plant, due to the fact that even if the plant is considered edible, it may conjure up a major allergic response for some people. You can begin to find out about the plants by studying the plant. See if you have a reaction to the plant in 5 to 15 minutes. Don't naturally presume that just because one part of the plant is edible that all parts of the plant are safe. Poisonous plants can cause mild to serious reactions. Survival Booty